Olympus Four Thirds imaging system – a standard it created with Kodak that lets you mix and match lenses and bodies from different manufacturers – is, in theory, a very nice idea. Unfortunately, the only models to have supported it were the brick-like E-300 and E-330.
The standard E-410 lens kit is a nice package, but look out for the twin lens kit which includes an excellent 40-150mm that’s barely bigger than the standard zoom and gives you serious telephoto capability.
The interactive interface on the E-410 is quick in use and it’s one of this camera’s high points. The other is that by pressing the button to the right you can compose shots ‘live’ on the LCD.
It’s also got SuperSonic Wave Filter, which is Olympus’s dust removal system, giving the sensor a high-frequency shake for half a second or so when you start the camera up.
But this is the smallest camera of the lot, and it doesn’t have a grip, either, so it can be a slippery little beast for those with big hands.